Hanover Police Department
129 Rockland Street Hanover Massachusetts 02339 Phone: 781-826-3231
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Rules and Regulations
Regarding the Use of Off-Road Recreational Dirt Bikes & ATVís on
Town-owned Open Space in Hanover
The Town of Hanover
has several town-owned Open Space parcels that are managed as Public
Conservation Land. These
properties are open for passive recreation and activities such hiking,
jogging, nature study, horseback riding, and fishing. No motorized
vehicles are allowed except in the parking areas. This includes the use of
motorized dirt bikes and ATVís.
There have been
several recent reports by Hanover residents of motorized bikes and ATVís
on town-owned Open Space trails. These incidents have been reported to the
Police, the Conservation Commission, and to the Open Space Committee. In
addition to the noise issue, some of the town trails have been
significantly altered by riding activities, and rutted and impassible
trails are becoming more common on these properties.
In an effort to
educate the community about the Open Space regulations and to end the
riding on these trails, the Police, the Conservation Department, and the
Open Space Committee will be coordinating an education and enforcement
effort in the town. Signs will be posted on Open Space trail entrances,
newspapers will be contacted, and every effort will be made to educate
riders and their parents about the prohibition of this activity on
town-owned open space. If
these efforts are successful, there should be a reduction in the use of
these motorized vehicles. If
this approach is not successful in ending this activity, the Police
Department will be increasing their enforcement activities, including the
issuing of tickets and confiscating bikes and ATVís.
There are legal riding
trails in Southeastern MA that are maintained by the MA Dept. of
Conservation & Recreation. These are located in Freetown/Fall River
and in Wrentham/Franklin. For more information on these sites and to learn
more about registering ORVís, riding season dates, age restrictions,
etc., visit the MASS.Gov website and type in Off-Road Vehicle Rules and
Regulations and then click on Dept. of Conservation & Recreation.
There is a section on ORVís.
Please click the link below to read the Department of Conservation and Recreation website on the state's website.
Identity theft is the unlawful use of
another personís personal information, such as name and date of birth,
credit card numbers, Social Security number, or driverís license
information for the purpose of committing fraud or some other form of
deception. It is one of the
fastest growing forms of criminal conduct in the United States.
The Federal Trade Commission has estimated that 43% of fraud
committed in the United States in 2002 was related to identity theft.
Although the unauthorized use of another personís identity is in
itself a crime under federal and Massachusetts law, it is almost always a
means of committing other crimes such as bank fraud, check fraud, credit
card fraud, Internet fraud, the fraudulent obtaining of loans, or the
avoidance of criminal prosecution.
The first step in the compromising of a personís identity may be the theft of trash, the skimming of a credit card, the obtaining of information via the Internet, or some other technique that may not even be detected by the victim. In other cases, the theft of an identity may begin with the theft of a wallet or purse, or the interception of mail. Early detection of identity theft can minimize the amount of financial loss and the extent of damage done to the victimís credit.
It is the policy of this police department to investigate all instances where a citizenís identity has been compromised for an unlawful purpose.
1. In each case of reported identity crime, whether the victim resides in this community or a fraudulent transaction occurs here, a police officer will conduct an investigation and immediately file a report.
2. Officers investigating instances of identity theft will provide victims with information that will assist them in repairing their credit and diminishing the amount of theft.
3. The department will refer to other law enforcement agencies information about fraudulent transactions occurring in their jurisdiction.
4. The department will seek to educate the public about the issue of identity crime, including methods for preventing it.
you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please come in to
talk to an officer at the police station.
For more information on identity theft and reporting it, check out these two sites.
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